DSU Athletics Hall Of Fame 2019 – Bill Nelson Interview

DSU Athletics Hall Of Fame 2019 – Bill Nelson Interview


Well, this is Josh Anderson, current head
football coach for Dakota State University and I got Bill Nelson with me.
He just got inducted into the Hall of Fame and so congratulations what a great
honor very well-deserved. I’ve got a few questions for you. What are your feelings
on being inducted to the Hall of Fame? First of all thanks Josh, I appreciate it
and good luck to you and the Trojans this upcoming season. What a
great honor, you know, very surprised shocked and just remembering that.
I guess, the best year as far as individual honors was probably you know
one of the the worst team results that we had in my four years here. So very
surprising and knowing that we only played eight of ten games that year, but
I’m couldn’t be more happy and what a great honor thank you.
Absolutely, I tell you what it’s tough when you have individual success and the
team doesn’t do well but that goes to show that we inducted the right person.
What is your best memory of being at Dakota State, the one you can share well?
I had a lot of great memories. I think both on, you know, the the gridiron as
well as the times I spent on the track and decathlon meets, I had you know
tremendous memories from both, but I think I have to go back to the game we
played in the DakotaDome against, I guess, it was Yankton College and we
played against their top national rushing leader that year and he was averaging
well over 160 yards and we held him to 84 that night. I had 17 unassisted
tackles and two interceptions, in fact the last interception, I had I ran back
to the I think the 10-yard line and the next thing, I knew we were on the 50. So that was that was one thing, but I just got I’ve got to add one when I was
a freshman, I played behind a super stud All-Conference player Kirk Knight, number
44, and he was a good one. So I learned a lot from him and of
course from Coach Mauer, well he took a hit in that game right at the end of
the first half and he was unable to come back. It had a very serious shoulder
injury, in fact, he would have been a senior the next year, he skipped that
whole season and then came back a year later. So I was able to go in the game. It
was the last play of the game the Yankton College quarterback rolled out
to the right. I read my keys. I read run and I think it
was just a roll and he was going to run the ball try to run the ball in the end
zone and I shot through the gap and got him by the legs and took him down, and we
ended up winning the game, in fact, it was the only time I ever got a compliment
from Denny. I’d have to say that one – thanks. Absolutely,
Denny is definitely a character so to get a compliment from him is quite an
honor. Well, what would you have to say to anybody looking into coming to DSU to
either just attend school and to play sports? I think from a sports aspect, I
was able to take a tour of the facilities they have a much improved
from the time that I was here. Looking at the the things that are going to take
place in the future, the technology that the the school
offers is really what the job market calls for. So I think if we continue to
make these these great strides improve the facilities, I think they’re gonna
want to come here and succeed. I appreciate that Bill. Thank you very much. Yes, it’s quite an honor when you
bring in a bunch of kids on the half success. It feels good as a coach so once
again congratulations to Bill and welcome to the Hall of Fame. Thank you!

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